If you think Rand Paul had a rough way to go in the primary, just think about the battle facing Sharon Angle who is challenging Harry Reid in Nevada. Paul and Angle are headed to Washington DC soon as the featured guests of the NRSC, lured by the chance to come home with bags of campaign cash. But there’s a downside.
In many respects the people of this country who chose these two challengers did so in part as a rejection of the “business as usual”, inside the beltway, special interest run kind of government that seemed far too willing to pay billions in bailouts to the politically powerful. It reminded voters far too much of the favoritism which permeated the Royal Courts of England, which we overthrew in favor of a government by the people. Both Paul and Angle drew support from the TEA party movement. Now both need to be singing from the same hymnal heading into Washington DC.
First, Angle has the right sound bite. She says that she’s not trying to amass $25million in order to win in November. Instead what she has been saying is that she would rather have one million conservatives to step up and donate $25 dollars each to take their country back. Rand Paul needs to say the same thing.
In fact, since both have been criticized by some in their following for even so much as attending this event, both need to tell the press up front why they are going, in words something like this:
“I am honored to have the NRSC sponsor an event in support of our effort, but let there be no mistaken reports of what this opportunity means. I am going to Washington DC to enlist as many people there as possible to our cause. We must balance the budget, we must lower taxes, we must stop the reckless spending of Congress which is hurtling us headlong into a wall of disaster.
I am going to meet with the politically powerful and the politically influential in order to make my case that we must change the way things are done in Washington. I go carrying a message from millions of Americans, asking those who come to hear me, to join us in our cause.
I am not so naive as to think that all who attend will join us. After all there is a long and profitable tradition which has been tolerated for too long in this nation and which has convinced some to believe that they can purchase influence, purchase favors or purchase the votes of a Senator.
Let me be clear: None who attend this fundraiser should come with any misconception that they will ever purchase any of these things from me.
If any who attend contribute, if any who attend choose to join our cause, I welcome them, as I welcome republicans, democrats, independents and others from across Kentucky and every corner of America to stand with us as we strive to take back our country.
But if any come expecting that somehow, now, as I prepare to face the powerful and potentially corrupt forces which are predicted to be amassing against us in the fall, that I will bend to the old ways, abandon my principles or change my course, they would be wrong.
And let me be clear about one other thing: Those who are wrong about the future of America will, as I fully expect, gladly support my opponent.
Let there be no mistake about it. I am not going to Washington DC looking to sell my vote. I am going to our nation’s capitol in order to make my case to the most difficult audience in the world with this simple invitation:
Let the bold and patriotic join us. Let the others go their own way, toward eventual defeat.”